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USS Randolph CV-15
|Pilot Ensign Floyd Ewing Hall (POW, executed 3-9-45, BR)
Gunner AOM2c Glenn J. Frazier, Jr. USNR (POW, executed 2-24-45, BR) Athol, KS
Radio ARM3c Marve "Marvie" William Mershon USNR (POW, executed 2-24-45, BR)
Crashed February 18, 1945
Fates of the Crew
Mershon was ordered to die by Japanese Army Major Sueo Matoba, commander of the 308th Infantry Battalion. On February 24, 1945 (confirm date) he was taken to a cemetery and beheaded by Lt. Hironobu Morishita. Parts of his body were removed and later eaten by high ranking Japanese officers as part of Bushido warrior indoctrination. His remains were buried a grave.
Hall was ordered to die by Major Matoba. He was executed on March 9, 1945. Parts of his body were removed and later eaten by high ranking Japanese officers as part of Bushido warrior indoctrination. His remains were buried a grave.
In 1947, Major Matoba who ordered their deaths and Captain Nakajima who killed Frazier were tried for war crimes, found guilty, hanged and buried in an unmarked graves on Guam. Lt. Morishita, who beheaded Mershon, was sentenced to several years in prison.
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